We believe there is some more work that can be done to change attitudes towards CAD in the Cloud. At many sites, it is a top-down process as company executives opt for the predictability of subscriptions and cloud based provisioning.
Similarly there are differences by geography. Current usage and consideration is similar across regions, but APAC is significantly more likely than EMEA or Americas to be currently in a phase of implementation. In general, EMEA seems more reluctant to evaluate CiC than North America or APAC. EMEA companies (44%) for example are most likely to have basic awareness of CiC with no further investigation or consideration having taken place compared to Americas 27% and APAC 24%.
Many vendors have not spelled out their commitment to cloud based work-flows even though they may have more quietly let it be known to long term customers, major accounts, and to analysts. We also looked at attitudes of Autodesk users compared to non-Autodesk users and we have found Autodesk users to be more open to the cloud. Autodesk communicated with its customers about the advantages of CAD in the cloud. It has rolled out various cloud-based benefits to its customers on maintenance and now subscription plans.